Melanesian
noun Date: 1845 1. a member of the dominant native group of Melanesia 2. a language group consisting of the Austronesian languages of Melanesia • Melanesian adjective

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  • Melanesian — Mel a*ne sian, prop. a. [Gr. me las, me lanos, black + ? island. Melanesia was so called from the dark complexion of the natives.] Of or pertaining to Melanesia. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Melanesian — (adj.) 1840, from MELANESIA (Cf. Melanesia) + IAN (Cf. ian) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Melanesian — [mel΄ə nēzhən, mel΄ə nēshən] adj. of Melanesia or its peoples, languages, or cultures n. 1. a member of any of the indigenous peoples of Melanesia 2. a branch of the Austronesian family of languages, consisting of the languages of Melanesia …   English World dictionary

  • Melanesian — 1. adjective Of or relating to Melanesia. 2. noun A Melanesian person. See Also: Melanesia …   Wiktionary

  • Melanesian — /mel euh nee zheuhn, sheuhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Melanesia, its inhabitants, or their languages. n. 2. a member of any of the native peoples inhabiting Melanesia. 3. the Austronesian languages of Melanesia, taken collectively. [1840 50;… …   Universalium

  • Melanesian — n. resident of Melanesia (group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Australia) adj. pertaining to Melanesia (group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Australia) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Melanesian — [ˌmɛlə ni:zɪ(ə)n, ʒ(ə)n] noun 1》 a native or inhabitant of any of the islands of Melanesia in the western Pacific. 2》 any of the languages of Melanesia. adjective relating to Melanesia, its peoples, or their languages …   English new terms dictionary

  • melanesian — mel·a·ne·sian …   English syllables

  • Melanesian — /mɛləˈniʒən / (say meluh neezhuhn) adjective 1. of or relating to Melanesia, its inhabitants, or their languages. –noun 2. a member of one of the peoples native to Melanesia. 3. any of the Austronesian languages of Melanesia …   Australian English dictionary

  • Melanesian — n. & adj. n. 1 a member of the dominant Negroid people of Melanesia, an island group in the W. Pacific. 2 the language of this people. adj. of or relating to this people or their language. Etymology: Melanesia f. Gk melas black + nesos island …   Useful english dictionary

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